The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, today made the following statement to mark the second annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, as designated by the United Nations:
“Today, Canadians remember the millions of victims of the Holocaust. The liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on January 27, 1945, showed the entire world the horrors of the Holocaust and the purposeful plan to slaughter millions of innocent victims.
“It is our solemn duty to remember this tragedy, not only to pay tribute to the victims but also to challenge those who deny that the Holocaust ever happened or claim it has been exaggerated. The Holocaust reminds us that hatred and bigotry must be opposed by all peoples who cherish human rights and human dignity.
“Canada’s New Government joins Canadians in marking this important day of commemoration, which allows us to share the lessons of the Holocaust with new generations and to ensure that never again will humanity remain silent in the face of such horrors.”